Notices for Sunday 17th September 2017

2017-09-17

The Autumn Fair is this Saturday, 23rd September.  We need items for the tombola, bottle stall, plant stall, cake stall, jam & chutney stall, cards, toys and bric-a-brac plus anything for the raffle.  This year we are having a craft stall and any contributions would be very much appreciated.  Anyone who can knit, sew make cards or any other craft work would make a very welcome addition to the stall.  Similarly, contributions of home made jams and chutneys would be much appreciated.  Items can be placed in the choir vestry and, if anyone wants items picking up, Judith Melia (41795) is happy to do that.

We are holding the ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’ in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support at this church on Friday 29th September from 10.00 am – 12.30 pm!!  There will be tea, coffee and cakes, a Bring & Buy Stall, a Cake Stall and Raffle.  Please have a word with Pam Sadler if you can spare an hour on the morning to help and gifts of cakes, bring & buy items and raffle prizes would be much appreciated.  Coffee Mornings are being held all over the country on that Friday so please come and make our effort a success.

Harvest decorations will be put up in the church on Saturday 30th September at 2.00 pm.  Donations of fruit, flowers and vegetables will be gratefully received and volunteers to assist in arranging them will be much appreciated.

Our Harvest Festival Service on 1st October will be at 11.00 am and will be conducted by Mrs Barbara Dent.  It will be followed at 12.00 pm by refreshments and at 12.30 pm by a Harvest Faith Lunch for everyone attending the service.  Messy Go-Fish will meet at the usual time of 10.00 am that Sunday.

The harvest gifts will be sent to the Northwich Branch of the Salvation Army who are struggling to find sufficient food to feed those in need in the area that call upon their services.  They will accept anything edible so this year you are welcome to donate perishable items as well as long life produce!  They are particularly in need of canned meats – stew, chicken curry, etc. – to go with vegetables.

The morning service on Sunday 9th October is a Joint Communion Service when we will be joined by our friends from the Parish Church.  It will start at 10.30 am (not 10.00 am as in the Newsletter!) and will be led by Rev Chris Pritchard assisted by the rector, Rev Rob Iveson.

On 21st January 2018 Dr John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York, will be preaching in Chester Cathedral for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.  The service will begin at 3.00 pm. Northwich and District Churches Together will organise a coach or a mini-bus if there are sufficient people interested in attending. Although there is no commitment required at this stage, if you are interested in hearing Dr Sentamu, please give your name to Rev Chris Pritchard before 5th October.

Sainsbury’s are well known as the strongest supporter of Fairtrade amongst the big supermarkets, but they are now considering moving away from using the Fairtrade Mark for their own brand tea and instead setting up their own ‘Fairly Traded’ scheme.  The concern is that their scheme is controlled by themselves and therefore not answerable to any outside, independent body and that it takes power away from the (Third World) producers.  More details are available on the internet, including the Fairtrade Foundation website.  Northwich Churches Together will be sending a petition asking Sainsbury’s to reconsider.  Please sign the copy at the back of church.

Some of you will remember Philippa Appleby who was a lay reader at St Mary’s in Weaverham and preached in this Circuit for many years.  After a long illness Philippa died last Friday, 9th September. Please remember her family in your prayers. The funeral will be held later in the month possibly on the 28th September

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Notices for Sunday 10th September 2017

2017-09-10

There is to be an Ecumenical Service at Chester Cathedral next Sunday, 17th September, at 6.30 pm organised by the four Cheshire Church Hubs (Chester, Warrington, Crewe and Poynton) that have been formed to draw attention to modern slavery.  They invite you to join them for a service which will focus on modern slavery and the Churches’ response, to pray, reflect and to raise awareness about the challenges of modern slavery.  In attendance will be the Mayor of Chester, guest preacher Major Anne Read, Salvation Army (Director of Anti trafficking and Modern Slavery), representatives from Churches Together in Chester and across Cheshire, members of the Cheshire Anti-Slavery Network.  People of all faiths and none are very welcome.

The Autumn Fair is on Saturday 23rd September.  We need items for the tombola, bottle stall, plant stall, jam & chutney stall, cards, toys and bric-a-brac plus anything for the raffle.  This year we are having a craft stall and any contributions would be very much appreciated.  Anyone who can knit, sew make cards or any other craft work would make a very welcome addition to the stall.  Similarly, contributions of home made jams and chutneys would be much appreciated.  Items can be placed in the choir vestry and, if anyone wants items picking up, Judith Melia (41795) is happy to do that.

We are holding the ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’ in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support at this church on Friday 29th September from 10.00 am – 12.30 pm!!  There will be tea, coffee and cakes, a Bring & Buy Stall, a Cake Stall and Raffle.  Please have a word with Pam Sadler if you can spare an hour on the morning to help and gifts of cakes, bring & buy items and raffle prizes would be much appreciated.  Coffee Mornings are being held all over the country on that Friday so please come and make our effort a success.

Harvest decorations will be put up in the church on Saturday 30th September at 2.00 pm.  Donations of fruit, flowers and vegetables will be gratefully received and volunteers to assist in arranging them will be much appreciated.

Our Harvest Festival Service on 1st October will be at 11.00 am and will be conducted by Mrs Barbara Dent.  It will be followed at 12.00 pm by refreshments and at 12.30 pm by a Harvest Faith Lunch for everyone attending the service.  Messy Go-Fish will meet at the usual time of 10.00 am that Sunday.  The harvest gifts will be sent to the Northwich Branch of the Salvation Army who are struggling to find sufficient food to feed those in need in the area that call upon their services.  They will accept anything edible so this year you are welcome to donate perishable items as well as long life produce!  They are particularly in need of canned meats – stew, chicken curry, etc. – to go with vegetables.

On 21st January 2018 Dr John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York, will be preaching in Chester Cathedral for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.  The service will begin at 3.00 pm. Northwich and District Churches Together will organise a coach or a mini-bus if there are sufficient people interested in attending. Although there is no commitment required at this stage, if you are interested in hearing Dr Sentamu, please give your name to Rev Chris Pritchard before 5th October.

Sainsbury’s are well known as the strongest supporter of Fairtrade amongst the big supermarkets, but they are now considering moving away from using the Fairtrade Mark for their own brand tea and instead setting up their own ‘Fairly Traded’ scheme.  The concern is that their scheme is controlled by themselves and therefore not answerable to any outside, independent body and that it takes power away from the (Third World) producers.  More details are available on the internet, including the Fairtrade Foundation website.  Northwich Churches Together will be sending a petition asking Sainsbury’s to reconsider.  Please sign the copy at the back of church.

Preaching Plans for the next quarter are available on the table at the rear of the church.

The Autumn Quarterly Newsletter was published last weekend and you should have received a copy from your Pastoral Leader.  If you haven’t received one, or you require additional copies, there are some spares on the table at the rear of the church.

A MESSAGE FROM OUR MINISTER September 2017

Dear Friends,

When you read this letter the school children and their teachers will be doing their final preparations before going back to school.  Before the teachers who read this complain too loudly I do realise that they will have been back to school on several occasions during the holiday.  My point is that early in September school life starts again.  For some there are big changes such as starting or changing school or for the older ones starting at college.  At this time we remember all those involved in education in our prayers.

For us in the Methodist Church September feels like the start of a new year.  For ministers who have moved they will begin in their new circuits on the 1st September and again I would ask you to pray for them.  Thankfully this year we have had no changes in staff but may I gently encourage you to pray for my colleagues and me.

September also feels like the start of term for us because the meetings seem to start up again. Often over the summer there has been a bit of a lull as people take holidays but now we are back and the meetings such as the District Synod, Circuit meeting and Church Council will soon be upon us.  Please pray that the decisions made at these meetings will be in the best interests of the Methodist Church.

The Methodist Conference recognised “the challenges and changes facing every community in these islands and the urgent call of God on the Methodist people to share the love of God in Jesus Christ in word and action”.  It called on every local church to launch the new Methodist year with a day of prayer and fasting as a way of seeking Gods help and guidance for the church.  We in this circuit will hold such a day later on in the year.  However, that should not stop us as individuals praying about the church’s future and our role in that future.  You might even ask about what role God might be asking you to play in showing God’s love to the people of this area.

So, as the children and teachers go back to school and the pace of church life gathers again, I ask you to spend some time in prayer, praying especially for God’s help and guidance as we seek to serve God in this place.

God Bless,

Chris Pritchard